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France or Italy? Which Wedding Destination Is Right For You?

Villa Astor – Sorrento

If you’re trying to decide whether you should get married in France or Italy, I have news for you: there’s no wrong answer!

Having spent a decade photographing weddings, traveling & even living in both France & Italy, I can tell you that no matter what, your wedding is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event for both you, your fiance, and all of your guests.

What I love about both country’s cultures is that both the French & the Italians know how to party. Their respective wedding celebrations always include ample food & wine from start to well into the night (and often into the next day’s sunrise!) Boasting incredible, historic wedding venues from coast to coast, city to city and throughout the countryside, you’ll be spoiled with choices for your European destination wedding.

Even though the two share plenty of similarities (ie. love of food, love of parties) France and Italy offer different vibes for their soon-to-be-wedded destination couples. To make things simpler for you, we came up with a quick quiz to find out which destination is best suited for your dream wedding.

Once you’ve found the results we’re sharing four incredible wedding venues from The Heritage Collection. Restoring historic, exclusive properties in both France & Italy, each venue is an absolute dream for a destination wedding.

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Chateau de Villette photographed by Blush Wedding Photography
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Villa Astor photographed by Elena Baranchuk

Let’s start with a little quiz…

Write down your answer, A or B, for each:

1. Wedding vibes
A: Elegant & elevated
B: Warm & rustic

2. Most excited for…
A: The fashion
B: The food

3. Reception space
A: Posh ballroom dinner
B: Lively outdoor dinner

4. Aperitif or Aperitivo?
A: Champagne
B: Negroni

5. Florals
A: Peonies & bundles of blooms
B: Roses & olive branches

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Chateau de Villette photographed by Christophe Serrano

6. Dinner
A: Exquisite Haute-cuisine
B: Warm Mediterranean flavors

7. Dessert
A: A croquembouche tower of choux pastry, set with sparklers
B: A massive berries & cream millefoglie pastry cake

8. Wine
A: Delicate & mineral
B: Bold & fruity

9. Party
A: Stylish house-music dance party
B: Live band & dancing under the stars

Now, add up the amount of A’s & B’s you selected for your results…

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Villa Astor photographed by Marina Fadeeva
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Chateau de Villette photographed by Monsoleil Weddings
Chateau De Villette
Chateau De Villette

Mostly A’s: Allons en France! (Let’s go to France!)

You’re dreaming of a posh Parisian party, oui? If your wedding vision includes ornate chateaus, garden parties, costume changes & a stylish dance party, I’d say France is the wedding destination for you.

When I fall into daydreams over my favorite French weddings, I see images of couture fashion, immaculate design details, stylish couples & cool brides. Every moment is made for a magazine. Whether it be the fabulous fecund florals, fashionable guests toasting flutes of Champagne or the sparkling croquembouche cake that lights up the dance floor. If you want a Vogue-worthy wedding, say “Je le veux” to…

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Chateau de Villete photographed by Nastia Vesna
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Chateau de Villete photographed by Anna Grinnet

Chateau de Villette

The Splendor of French Decor

Just North of Paris is the breathtaking, Chateau de Villette. A historic estate set in a woodland park, this castle wedding venue boasts two lakes, immaculate gardens, ornate interiors & classic French architecture. Known as “Little Versailles”, any couple that dreams of a royal wedding will feel like royalty strolling through these impressive halls & gardens. Chateau de Villette epitomizes elegance, luxury and the famous French expression “art de vivre”.

Get ready for your wedding day in one of the chateau’s seven luxurious suites, take portraits in the beautiful French gardens, exchange your vows on the pristine grounds & dance the night away in the historic halls of this stunning estate.

See the venue.

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Chateau de Villette photographed by Oliver Fly
VILLA CLARA – ROME
Villa Clara in Rome photographed by Branco Prata

Mostly B’s: Andiamo in Italia! (Let’s go to Italy!)

If dining al fresco for hours under the stars beside a stunning Italian villa is ‘your thing’ then, amore mio, let’s get married in Italy!

My Italian wedding couples always have one thing in common: they’re wildly fun & passionate about food. Boisterous parties with ever-flowing wine. Towers of meat & cheese, bundles of olive branches cascading down a long family table. Olive oil favors & gelato carts. If this sounds like you, we have three incredible venues to recommend…

Villa Astor – Sorrento
Villa Astor photographed by Bottega53
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Villa Astor

Villa Astor

Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast

A gem sparkling on the Amalfi Coast. Villa Astor is a lavish, luxurious, over-the-top beautiful Mediterranean jewel. With a history that spans nearly 2000 years, marrying at Villa Astor means adding your wedding to the rich story that spans the millennia.

We’re not talking just royalty vibes with Villa Astor, no. The suites will make you feel no less than a goddess. Historic artworks of the Greek & Roman antiquities & period furniture fill the halls of this villa while the bathrooms feature incredible works of marble. A celebration & stay at Villa Astor is as lavishly wonderful as one can imagine.

But it’s the seascape outside that will ultimately take your breath away. Situated high on a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, one might argue this majestic property boasts some of the best views in the entire world.

See the venue.

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Villa Astor photographed by Marymoon Photographer
Villa Balbiano – The Heritage Collection – Wedding Destination Quiz France or Italy – Bridal Musings
Villa Balbiano photographed by Laura Gordon
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Villa Balbiano

Villa Balbiano

The Italian Opulence on Lake Como

There’s a reason celebrities like John Legend & Chrissy Teigen get married along the banks of Lake Como. The crystalline lake in the Italian Alps is seductively beautiful. Steep Alpine cliffs fall into a deep, beautifully blue lake while lavish Italian villas glitter the bankside. Imagine the breathtaking grandeur of the Alps featuring the relaxed nature of Italy. Villa Balbiano is one of the most coveted estates that can be found in this mountain paradise.

For over 300 years, Villa Balbiano has been the host of some of Europe’s most stunning festivals, banquets and events. As warm & inviting as any Italian villa, this estate is as lavish & opulent as any European regal palace. We imagine a wildly fun, grand wedding with live music & fashion worthy of Vogue Italia, then a getaway boat for you and your love as you tour around the glittering lake at sunset.

See the venue.

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Villa Balbiano photographed by Bottega53
Villa Clara Rome
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Villa Clara

A Palatial Residence in the Heart of the Eternal City

A grand & impressive estate in the center of Rome, Villa Clara gives couples an exclusive oasis in the heart of it all. Built during the early 1900s, the villa features Greco-Roman architecture & Art-Deco style. The four luxurious suites are dressed with rich fabrics, marble bathrooms, delicate artworks, authentic period furniture and vintage pieces by Lalique, Baccarat, Colombostile – each suite bursts with character.

Summon your friends and family to experience Rome in a way most never could dream of. Treat yourself to a moment of calm and bliss in a traditional hammam in the wellness area or take a swim in the magnificent indoor swimming pool reminiscent of the Roman baths. We imagine a swanky, black-tie affair. An elegant ceremony followed by a sexy evening filled with deep intrigue.

See the venue.

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Chateau de Villette photographed by KT Merry
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Chateau de Villette photographed by Oliver Fly

Essential Info

To see more photos & find information about booking your wedding day at any of these stunning venues, visit The Heritage Collection’s website.

The Heritage Collection commissioned French interior designer, Jacques Garcia to restore all its properties both in Italy and France. Antiquities aficionado, especially of 17th and 18th centuries, his passion for precious materials, the trademark blend of styles and elegance of his designs all made Garcia a perfect choice whom to entrust the delicate historical estates.

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This post was made in partnership with The Heritage Collection.

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